Smoked Trout With A Spinach, Orange and Red Onion Salad

Are you taste testing all those Christmas cookies and eating all the mistakes? Are you trying out that perfect cheesy appetizer, indulging in that extra holiday cocktail, and starting to feel like maybe you should eat something light and healthy before the big day arrives? I have the perfect meal for you.

Smoked Trout on a Spinach, Orange and Red Onion Salad

A salad of spinach, topped with smoked trout, oranges, red onions, and drizzled with a sweet lime and sesame oil dressing. The salad is not only flavorful but light in calories. It is a guilt free meal that is welcomed at this time of the year when we are all a little over indulgent.

Sweet Lime and Sesame Oil Dressing

  • 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp.  or more sesame seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. grated ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

This salad dressing can be adjusted to your taste and how many greens you are dressing. Save any dressing not used in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

As far as the salad is concerned, toss fresh spinach with a little of the dressing. Top the spinach with smoked trout (or any other smoked fish that you prefer), very thinly sliced red onion, and fresh orange sections. Drizzle with addition dressing.

I like to serve this salad with a crusty bread that is toasted, drizzled with olive oil and  topped with a feta cheese, thyme, and honey mixture. Add a chilled glass of white wine to drink and you have a lovely meal.

Indulge in this delicious salad and feel no guilt. Now… where is that cookie that I just baked.

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59 Responses to Smoked Trout With A Spinach, Orange and Red Onion Salad

  1. Karen Harris says:

    Shhhh, I bought my husband (me) a smoker for Christmas and I can’t wait to smoke our own trout and salmon. This looks like a delicious new way to use all that great fish we are going to smoke. I can’t wait.

  2. I will definitely be indulging in this delicious looking salad! Great post!

  3. For all of the reasons you just stated above, this sounds really appealing to me…and it looks like it would be so delicious any time. I love smoked trout and if I can get some, may try out this recipe early next week as we’ll be enjoying festivities all weekend. This would be a great way to begin the final approach to the holiday!

  4. Eri says:

    Delicious and light! My all seasons favourite!

  5. Sissi says:

    Karen, you will not believe me, but I have been thinking about the orange and red onion salad for weeks! I made it several times last year and loved the combination, so I can well imagine how tasty your dish is. And yes, we need such guilt-free dishes to indulge in chocolate and other sweet treats ;-)

  6. ceciliag says:

    Oh you are so right, i am forced to go to the supermarket today so I shall pick up some salmon just for this salad! lovely.. thank you karen.. c

  7. I think we all can use some low calories recipes these days… Thanks and happy holidays!

  8. lulu says:

    I’ve so tried not to overindulge this season, maybe a few too many cookies but other than that, not to bad. Your salad would be a tasty one for me any time. Duck Trap salmon?
    I go to Rockport the 26th for almost 3 weeks ALONE. Can’t wait. Want to join me there?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lulu, You have been such a good girl. Duck Trap salmon is my husband’s favorite and would be good for this salad. Rockport must be nice in in winter without all the summer crowds.

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    This is a delicious meal served anytime but, this time of year, it’s sure is a sight for sore eyes! Great idea and recipe, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, you for nice comment. I think at this time of the year you have to try and balance the sweets and rich food that we associate with the holidays with some lighter meals. I’m happy that you like the idea.

  10. That’s gorgeous. We just had trout last night! We had ours over polenta with Brussels sprouts, but a nice light meal is so wonderful this time of year, especially.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Greg, Thank you so much for your very nice compliment. Trout is one of my favorite fish and it sounds good with polenta. Actually I like most anything over polenta.

  11. cabinet stew says:

    I am going to be honest–I just don’t have the discipline of you and most of your readers. Frankly I have a hard time “lightening up.” So all those yummy cheese dips and a few cookies – no guilt here! ;-) (okay maybe just a tiny bit.) The trout salad looks incredible and my husband would love this as he is the fish-eater in the family! Perhaps I will make it sometime.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, I’m happy that I have a reader that has no guilt eating all of the cookies, sweets and other rich dishes that we associate with this time of the year. I love it all, totally eat my share but I have to also try and mix it up with some lighter meals. It is either that or buy a whole new wardrobe each January. If the healthier meals have lots of flavors, I don’t feel that I am giving up anything and then I can eat that extra cookie.

  12. I just spent an hour in yoga agonizing over the new “bumps” acquired from Christmas baking! This salad looks perfect for me right now and I think the cloves would add a really interesting flavor to the dressing.

  13. Gorgeous – what a great combination of flavours and that lovely tang of the oranges which we use a lot of here in Andalucia. Now I need to get me a smoker….!

  14. That looks so good Karen. I love the feta on the toast.

  15. ladyfi says:

    That dressing sounds delicious!

  16. Hi Karen, the next time I see smoked Trout I’m buying some to make this salad. I love the dressing idea too :)

  17. Bonnie says:

    Lovely! The dressing sounds delicious.

    Best,
    Bonnie

  18. Oh this looks right up my alley! I would eat this for dinner in a second:)

  19. I love ginger. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  20. Jessie says:

    Ohh, Karen! This looks so fresh and delicious!! Can’t want to try it!!

    http://www.absolutelyravenous.wordpress.com

  21. Charles says:

    Oh, I love trout – my uncle used to fish big fresh rainbow trout in the Scottish highlands before he died. When we were lucky he’d give us one or two. I much prefer it to salmon – such a delicate, wonderful flavour. It’s always nice to see what other people do with it too, Karen. Delicious, and just what I feel like amongst all this heavy, starchy Christmas food right now. Thanks for sharing this :)

  22. Ann says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’d have to substitute the salmon with a non-seafood protein because of allergies (dang it), but I love, Love, LOVE it! Such a bright, colorful, delicious salad!

  23. Kristy says:

    Yum! This is a perfect meal for this time of year. And I love the honey, garlic and ginger. It just sounds fabulous. :)

  24. I just love spinach. So I absolutely love how you combined it with this amazing looking Smoked Trout. I also love the Red Onion Salad. Amazing recipe

  25. You have my taste buds all crazily dancing about at the thought of this fabulous fresh and flavourful salad – delicious! :-) Mandy

  26. Joanne says:

    I answered yes to way too many of those questions you just asked. Definitely need some of this salad in my life!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joanne, I know what you mean. There is just so much tempting food this time of the year. A lighter but very flavorful meals helps maintain a little balance.

  27. Mad Dog says:

    That’s good inspiration too ;-)

  28. shelleydlm says:

    This looks and sounds amazing!

  29. Caroline says:

    Ugh, yes. I’m baking….and eating….mass amounts of Christmas desserts. I should probably stop eating all that sugar and eat something like this gorgeous dish! Looks divine, Karen. Such a colorful plate/photo. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Caroline, Thank you for your nice compliment. I think we are all doing the same thing. I just had to make a meal that was lighter to counteract all the sweets I’ve been eating.

  30. spicegirlfla says:

    Not only is this a lighter meal perfect for this time of year, but also easy to prepare! And I love that!!

  31. This sounds so refreshing and light especially after eating so much holiday food.

  32. If the tastes are as delightful as the colors in the picture I definitely should have had this for dinner tonight. ;-)

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  34. Carolyn Chan says:

    What a terrific combination ! I can just taste all those great flavours.

  35. Karen, what a lovely salad! I’ve printed your dressing to use for a salad this weekend – minus the trout – but with greens, oranges and red onions! Have a great Christmas!

  36. katsmama says:

    What a great dressing recipe- I think the lime and sesame would be great with almost any green. I’ve been lurking on your blog throughout the holiday season- really beautiful!

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